It is time to get serious now, the USMNT needs to get three points tonight versus Trinidad & Tobago.
In the previous fixture versus Venezuela, some players did not play up to par and the overall performance was not the best. Tonight, that cannot happen.
Here are the players who need to step up and the three things to watch tonight vs. Trinidad & Tobago.
Going forward, the U.S. needs to find a consistent goal scorer. Last game versus Venezuela, Clint Dempsey and Bobby Wood struggled to create chances and ultimately score goals for the team.
Whether it is Demsey, Wood, Jordan Morris, Jozy Altidore, or someone else, one of the forwards needs to get productive and score.
Against Trinidad & Tobago, it does not matter who it is, one of the forwards needs to step up and score and claim the starting forward role.
The Center Backs
Who is going to play next to Geoff Cameron?
With John Brooks banged up and likely to sit with the big game against Mexico on Sunday, who is going to step in and play next to Cameron?
There are a couple of option, Matt Hedges, Omar Gonzelez, and even Matt Besler. Whoever it is, they need to do a good job. It is important to have good center backs on the bench and ready to play when called upon.
Let’s face it, Cameron is hurt a lot. The center backs on the bench should look at this as a big opportunity to establish themselves as the teams’ third center back on the roster.
Set Piece Defending
The U.S. fell asleep on some corner kicks against Venezuela, that cannot happen in this game
Corner kicks and free kicks are free chances to score. With that being said, the U.S. should be better in capitalizing those chances and more importantly, defending them.
It is important that they do not nod off when Trinidad & Tobago has a set piece, those chances can be very dangerous.
Even though the U.S. should beat Trinidad & Tobago pretty easily, they should look to tighten up their set-piece defending. Going forward, a good team will pick them apart if their defense stays the same.
The most important thing tonight is that the U.S. improves on their performance versus Venezuela and gets the three points. With that being said, Come on You Yanks!